The Big Five

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The Big Five deals with five traits that measure our personalities. The five personalities are openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism; OCEAN. Openness deals with open people who tend to be curious and unconventional. They tend to be open to new ideas. Conscientious people tend to be careful and responsible. Once example would be the ideal college student who studies hard and always turn in assignments. Extraverted people tend to be social and lively. This personality does not describe me instead it would describe someone who enjoys throwing parties and entertaining people. Agreeable people are exactly like they are described as, someone easy to get along with and be around while neurotic people are the exact opposite. They tend to be tense and moody (Lilienfeld 562).
This model I believe is very useful. It describes a huge population and is also used in other countries such as China, Japan, Italy etc. This makes me think that most people have similar personality traits. But there are some places were traits are different even in the United States. Republican states and democratic states tend to have different traits for the people living there as they have different beliefs. Some people might be happy with the way they are and others might want to be more agreeable then neurotic. The people who wish to have different personality traits are in luck because some personality traits "tend to decline from late teens to early thirties" (Lilienfeld 562). Once people hit 30 though traits do not usually change based on studies. One question i have is if you are to move to a different place where traits are a little different then do most people change to those traits or do they tend to keep the traits they grew up with?

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